MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Doha MotoGP Race Result: Close Encounters Of The Moto3 Kind

After two excellent opening acts at Losail, the premier class had to rise to the challenge and rose they did, with the closest top 15 in history at the end of 22 Moto3-like laps. Fabio Quartararo completed a perfect double for Yamaha with one of his best races yet, featuring a strong comeback after a troubled start and a determined battle against a pretty feisty field. The Frenchman was joined by compatriot Johann Zarco up on the podium, the Pramac man settling for second but picking up his 50th podium in Grand Prix racing and the championship lead heading back to Europe. Poleman Jorge Martin held onto the lead admirably until the final few laps but still scored an impressive first podium in the premier class on only his second race.

After his stunning start last Sunday, Martin was once again unbeatable off the line and arrived into turn one ahead of teammate Zarco and a fast starting Aleix Espargaro, the Spaniard going from seventh on the grid to third by turn three. Miguel Oliveira put KTM in the limelight for a bit, after he nailed the start from 12th on the grid to trail the three leaders, followed the two Suzukis, while the factory Yamahas had work to do after they dropped to 7th and 9th, sandwiching Jack Miller on the outskirts of the top ten, with Bagnaia a couple of places behind. Unhappy with that outcome, the Yamahas and Ducatis rubbed elbows but made little to no progress early on.

Back at the front, Martin kept his teammate a couple of tenths behind and the Frenchman was getting harassed by Aleix Espargaro and Alex Rins. While the Suzuki easily got past the Aprilia on lap three, Zarco was a more difficult proposition as his Ducati flew past every time they reached turn 1 – copy paste for the next few laps. Behind them, Espargaro was slowly starting to fade and Oliveira was still figuring out the medium front tyre, holding back the rest of the contenders. By the time Mir got past Oliveira on lap four, he had about eight tenths to recover on the three leaders. After the excellent start, Oliveira quickly dropped behind all four factory Ducatis and Yamahas by lap eight. Just like Rins had no answer to Zarco on the straight, Mir had to surrender fifth position to Bagnaia on lap 8 and had Miller waiting to pounce as well. Quartararo and Vinales were the fastest men on track at that point and although they struggled to progress from the bottom of the top ten, they were still only two seconds off the lead.

Meanwhile, Martin was untroubled at the front, aided by the numerous exchanges between Rins and Zarco. Bagnaia took longer than expected to make it past Espargaro, only jumping ahead at turn 16 of lap 10, when Miller also took advantage and flew past Mir and Espargaro into turn 1.

Halfway through the race, the nine-man lead group was covered by only 1.8 seconds and it was still anyone’s game – although it almost wasn’t Rins’ game, as he had to save a pretty big moment at turn 9 with 11 laps left. The unsettled Spaniard had to then see Bagnaia fly past at turn 1 and almost ran into the back of the Italian a couple laps later. Meanwhile, an unusually feisty Mir put a move on Miller and the Australian responded in similar fashion, the tangle out of the final turn pushing both of them to the back of the leading group. That handed Quartararo a helping hand and the Frenchman was soon attacking Rins for fourth with 8 laps remaining. The scrappy couple of laps for the leaders allowed a group including Pol Espargaro, Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini to steadily close up on the leading group.

Quartararo seemed like a man on a mission for the final half dozen laps but that mission was finding a way past three rocketship Ducatis. Bagnaia proved to be an easy task as the Italian went wide at turn 1 but Quartararo did not get much of a breather as Miller quickly caught up with him. Vinales was also starting to make some solid progress and joined the top 5 with 5 laps remaining.

Martin was finally shown a front wheel at turn 15 but the rookie easily struck back at turn 1 with four laps remaining and Quartararo had to quickly find a solution for the start-finish straight conundrum. The secret ended up being an overtake at turn four and unmatched pace to stretch a gap at the front. Martin was finally showing some weakness and allowed Quartararo a half second gap with 3 laps remaining. Vinales hoped to follow his teammate’s example but Zarco was not too keen to hand over a podium spot. Rins was the only other rider holding onto the leaders, while Bagnaia and Miller struggled to keep in podium contention in the closing stages and Mir was still trying to get past Aleix Espargaro for 8th spot.

Quartararo entered the final lap seven tenths ahead of the two Ducatis and it looked like a secure enough gap, leaving the Pramac boys to decide the rest of the podium positions. Zarco pulled a move on Martin at turn 15 and just about held it to the finish line, crossing it four hundredths of a second ahead of his teammate. Vinales got defeated by the Suzuki at turn 1 on the final lap and Rins eventually secured fourth by two hundredths of a second from Vinales, with Bagnaia 6th and Mir 7th. Binder caught up with the leading group late in the race to score an impressive 8th place, while Miller and Aleix Espargaro settled for the final top 10 positions.

A consistent couple of races for Zarco hands him the world championship lead after the first two rounds, four points ahead of compatriot Quartararo and his teammate Vinales, who are tied on points. Bagnaia drops to fourth in the standings, 14 points down and closely followed by Rins and Mir.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 42'23.997
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +1.457
3 89 Jorge Martin Ducati +1.500
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +2.088
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +2.110
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +2.642
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +4.868
8 33 Brad Binder KTM +4.979
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati +5.365
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +5.382
11 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +5.550
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +5.787
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +6.063
14 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +6.453
15 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +8.928
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +14.246
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +16.241
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati +16.472
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +16.779
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia +38.775
Not Classified
  73 Alex Marquez Honda 10 Laps
  27 Iker Lecuona KTM 10 Laps
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha Moto2 Race Result: Close, Closer, Closest

Moto3 was a really tough act to follow but the intermediate class acquitted themselves honourably with a tense chase at the end of which Sam Lowes made the double in Qatar. The Elf Marc VDS rider leaves Losail with a perfect scoreboard but the second race told a different story to the first, Remy Gardner pushing Lowes right up to the finish line, when he admitted defeat and settled for second. There were still plenty of reasons to celebrate for the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad, as Gardner was joined on the podium by rookie teammate Raul Fernandez, who scored his first podium on only his second race in the class.

Gardner had made good start off the line but fellow front row starter Marco Bezzecchi made an even better one and grabbed the lead into turn one, with poleman Lowes on his tail, followed by Gardner and Fernandez. The top four men had already stretched a one second gap by the end of lap two, while Aron Canet was leading a sizeable chasing pack including the likes of Joe Roberts, Ai Ogura and Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Lowes made what proved to be his decisive move for the lead going into turn one as lap four got underway, while rookie Fernandez and teammate Gardner were eager to find a way past Bezzecchi as well and stop Lowes from escaping at the front. Gardner made a bit of a risky move on his teammate to pick up the task of reeling in the leaders and through the divine power of slipstream, both Red Bull KTMs slipped past Bezzecchi on lap six. Lowes’ gap never got over the half second mark and Gardner quickly brought it back to barely anything. Over two seconds behind the four leading men, Roberts and rookie Ogura were battling for fifth position until the American crashed out at the end of lap 7 and the distraction dropped Ogura to 7th spot, behind Di Giannantonio and Canet.

Lowes held onto the lead past the halfway mark of the race but the British rider did not look quite as strong as last Sunday and could not shake off his rivals. Bezzecchi soon started to very slowly fade, dropping half a second behind the podium positions but with no challenge from behind, where ten riders still had (more or less realistic) hopes for fifth place. Manzi, Ogura and Di Giannantonio seemed like the favourites, while two of the contenders, Marcel Schrotter and Jake Dixon, dropped out of the race with 7 laps remaining after an incident at turn 14 and Canet left of his own accord two laps later at turn 16.

Lowes’ gap rarely got over half a second but the KTMs were not making any moves behind him, Fernandez eventually losing ground on the men ahead for the final three laps. Lowes then went on to post the fastest lap of the race and Gardner pushed to beat it on the very next lap, the duo starting the final lap separated by two tenths of a second. Gardner hounded his rival but Lowes left no gaps open and took the win, while setting the fastest lap on the very last lap of the race. Fernandez crossed the finish line three seconds later, while Bezzecchi had a very lonely ride to fourth. Ogura managed to win the battle for fifth, ahead of Augusto Fernandez, Celestino Vietti and Stefano Manzi, while Xavi Vierge and Di Giannantonio rounded out the top ten.

Lowes’ double in Qatar puts him firmly in charge of the world championship standings, 10 points ahead of Gardner and 23 ahead of Fernandez, with Bezzecchi another point back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 39'52.702
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +0.190
3 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex +3.371
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +6.789
5 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +16.640
6 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +16.887
7 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +17.254
8 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +17.283
9 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +17.515
10 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex +18.167
11 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +18.180
12 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +20.696
13 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +22.016
14 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +22.043
15 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +26.266
16 40 Hector Garzo Kalex +28.539
17 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +29.310
18 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro +33.150
19 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +39.838
20 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta +44.961
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +56.123
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  44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 6 Laps
  96 Jake Dixon Kalex 8 Laps
  23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 8 Laps
  12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 8 Laps
  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 12 Laps
  10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 12 Laps
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 14 Laps
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha Moto3 Race Result: Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Twilight in Doha was a pretty backdrop for a pretty magical Moto3 show and it also went to prove that any penalties race direction throw at the lightweight class, it ultimately means nothing if your name is Pedro Acosta. The brilliant rookie put on a show that will be hard to beat as he made his way from a pitlane start to the top of the podium in only his second race in the world championship. Acosta superbly defended his maiden victory from Darryn Binder, who makes it back to back podiums in Qatar, while Niccolo Antonelli makes a well-deserved and long awaited return to the podium in third place.

18 crazy laps before that, it was Gabriel Rodrigo who stole the show at the start of the race, to lead into turn one from Tatsuki Suzuki, Binder and poleman Jaume Masia. The Argentine rider only held onto the lead for mere meters because Binder flew past, while teammate John McPhee had dropped down to 14th by the end of lap one. The dreaded slipstream along the start-finish straight once again saw all the action at the front, with several riders trading places over the next few laps and seeing the likes of Kaito Toba, Binder, Filip Salac, Suzuki and Rodrigo all holding the lead for short bursts by lap five. In preparation for his upcoming double long lap penalty, rookie Xavier Artigas swiftly joined the top four, having started 16th on the grid and dropped to the back of the leading pack in 21st spot after serving the penalty. Meanwhile, the pitlane start group led by Acosta had over seven seconds to recover on Artigas ahead. Acosta, together with Sergio Garcia, Stefano Nepa and Romano Fenati managed not to push each other’s buttons for long enough to drop that gap to four seconds by lap 6.

Back at the front, the same familiar names were battling for the lead, Andrea Migno adding to the growing list of frontrunners on lap 7 and the frequent exchanges at the front allowed the chasers to get closer to the 19-man lead group. Binder reclaimed the lead at the start of lap 9, ahead of Salac, Rodrigo, Migno, Toba, Masia and McPhee, who finally broke into the top ten.

Salac started the second half of the race at the front of the pack but on every new lap riders magically found room to go seven or eight abreast into turn 1 and that inevitably saw a few of them lose the turn 1 roulette and getting pushed wide to the back of the group, having to work their way back through. All that messiness helped the pursuing pack and it was almost surprising that it took until 7 laps to go for someone to bite the dust, Artigas getting nudged out at turn six. Salac was next to drop off one lap later, while Toba and Migno traded places at the front and the pitlane boys had joined the fun at the back of the group and were claiming minor points already.

McPhee picked up the lead with four laps remaining but did not last long there, as he got wiped out once again by Jeremy Alcoba’s accident. Masia saw an opportunity to claim the lead and try to get away from the risky shenanigans in the group, but the Spaniard only gained about three tenths of a second’s gap before the group arrived at turn 1 and Rodrigo demoted him once more. Meanwhile, Acosta was making quick progress through the group and pushed back Binder to join the top three. The pitlane starter found himself starting the final lap at the front of the pack and being hunted down by Binder, Migno, Masia, Rodrigo and big bunch of other riders.

The rookie pushed even harder and stretched just enough of a gap over the final lap to almost miraculously hold onto victory by three hundredths of a second from a charging Binder. Niccolo Antonelli grabbed the final podium spot from compatriot Migno, while Toba completed the top five. Despite a heavy crash in warm up, rookie Izan Guevara did great to secure sixth place ahead of Ayumu Sasaki and Ryusei Yamanaka. Things got chaotic for Masia on the final lap, when contact with Rodrigo at turn 10 left the Spaniard ninth, with Fenati completing the top ten and Rodrigo dropping to 13th position. Acosta returns to Europe as world championship leader nine points ahead of Binder, while Masia drops to third, 13 points down on his teammate.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 38'22.430
2 40 Darryn Binder Honda +0.039
3 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +0.482
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda +0.514
5 27 Kaito Toba KTM +0.651
6 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +0.708
7 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +1.805
8 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +1.857
9 5 Jaume Masia KTM +1.875
10 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +1.967
11 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +1.994
12 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda +2.234
13 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +2.235
14 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +2.249
15 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +2.260
16 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +5.359
17 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +11.052
18 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +11.085
19 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +15.996
20 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +17.130
21 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +18.480
22 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +25.872
23 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS +41.914
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  17 John Mcphee Honda 4 Laps
  52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 4 Laps
  31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 4 Laps
  12 Filip Salac Honda 6 Laps
  43 Xavier Artigas Honda 7 Laps
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha MotoGP Warm Up Result: Zarco Leads The Way

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'54.482    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'54.576 0.094 0.094
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'54.675 0.193 0.099
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'54.860 0.378 0.185
5 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'54.954 0.472 0.094
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'54.962 0.480 0.008
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.978 0.496 0.016
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.019 0.537 0.041
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'55.081 0.599 0.062
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.085 0.603 0.004
11 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'55.172 0.690 0.087
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.176 0.694 0.004
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'55.197 0.715 0.021
14 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'55.217 0.735 0.020
15 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.220 0.738 0.003
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.237 0.755 0.017
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.285 0.803 0.048
18 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.291 0.809 0.006
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'55.393 0.911 0.102
20 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.560 1.078 0.167
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.093 1.611 0.533
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'56.509 2.027 0.416
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha Moto2 Warm Up Result: Bezzecchi Tops, Lowes Tips Over

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'59.821    
2 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'59.939 0.118 0.118
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'59.964 0.143 0.025
4 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'59.965 0.144 0.001
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2'00.003 0.182 0.038
6 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 2'00.227 0.406 0.224
7 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 2'00.264 0.443 0.037
8 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'00.312 0.491 0.048
9 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 2'00.320 0.499 0.008
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 2'00.323 0.502 0.003
11 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2'00.346 0.525 0.023
12 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'00.384 0.563 0.038
13 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'00.388 0.567 0.004
14 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2'00.395 0.574 0.007
15 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'00.597 0.776 0.202
16 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 2'00.694 0.873 0.097
17 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'00.731 0.910 0.037
18 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'00.741 0.920 0.010
19 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'00.764 0.943 0.023
20 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2'00.774 0.953 0.010
21 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'00.788 0.967 0.014
22 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'01.190 1.369 0.402
23 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 2'01.218 1.397 0.028
24 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'01.220 1.399 0.002
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'01.236 1.415 0.016
26 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'01.649 1.828 0.413
27 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'01.774 1.953 0.125
28 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 2'03.363 3.542 1.589
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha Moto3 Warm Up Result: Masia Leads Migno

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'06.482    
2 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'06.507 0.025 0.025
3 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'06.661 0.179 0.154
4 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'06.711 0.229 0.050
5 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'06.732 0.250 0.021
6 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 2'06.856 0.374 0.124
7 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'06.973 0.491 0.117
8 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'07.009 0.527 0.036
9 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'07.086 0.604 0.077
10 17 John McPhee Honda 2'07.203 0.721 0.117
11 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'07.216 0.734 0.013
12 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'07.358 0.876 0.142
13 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'07.423 0.941 0.065
14 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'07.453 0.971 0.030
15 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'07.456 0.974 0.003
16 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'07.528 1.046 0.072
17 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'07.554 1.072 0.026
18 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'07.578 1.096 0.024
19 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'07.663 1.181 0.085
20 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'07.700 1.218 0.037
21 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'07.726 1.244 0.026
22 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'07.805 1.323 0.079
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'07.889 1.407 0.084
24 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'08.021 1.539 0.132
25 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'08.259 1.777 0.238
26 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'08.263 1.781 0.004
27 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'08.695 2.213 0.432
28 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'09.136 2.654 0.441
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha MotoGP Qualifying Result: A Better Launch Than Elon's

The floodlights of Losail offered the perfect spotlight for the premier class qualifying show and Q1 already suggested that pole position was never going to be an easy bet but Q2 took it up a notch. Although parc ferme was always likely to be painted red, the eventual line-up wasn’t all that expected. Rocket rookie Jorge Martin started the session at the top of the timesheets but it seemed like championship leader Maverick Vinales had the measure of him – and everyone else – as he left the pits all guns blazing for his second run. Although the Yamaha man’s lap looked like a solid bid for pole, Martin found something special and grabbed a phenomenal pole position on only his second race in the premier class.

To complete a perfect Saturday for the Pramac crew, Johann Zarco joined his teammate in parc ferme, having taken second position on the grid and demoting Vinales to third for only four thousandths of a second. Jack Miller obviously hoped for more than fourth judging by his stomping back to the pits, while Fabio Quartararo was the only other blotch of blue paint in an otherwise red two front rows, closed by last week’s poleman Pecco Bagnaia.

Aleix Espargaro carries on shining on the Aprilia, this time in seventh position, being joined by the two Suzukis on the third row of the grid. Alex Rins and Joan Mir were separated by only four hundredths of a second, although the world champion had a much more eventful evening after fighting his way through Q1. Franco Morbidelli could not quite match his factory colleagues’ speed and will start from the fourth row of the grid, ahead of the only Honda in Q2, Stefan Bradl and top KTM and Q1 escapee Miguel Oliveira.

In a highly competitive Q1 session, rookie Luca Marini missed out on Q2 for only eighth thousandths of a second, after getting a helpful tow from Alex Marquez and demoting the Spaniard to 14th on the grid. The other side of the Tavullia household did not fare quite as well, Valentino Rossi finding himself in a fairly unusual 21st grid position.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'53.106    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'53.263 0.157 0.157
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'53.267 0.161 0.004
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'53.303 0.197 0.036
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'53.469 0.363 0.166
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'53.654 0.548 0.185
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'53.705 0.599 0.051
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'53.745 0.639 0.040
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'53.785 0.679 0.040
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'53.794 0.688 0.009
11 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'54.224 1.118 0.430
12 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.096 1.990 0.872
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Q2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'53.931    
Q2 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'54.220 0.289 0.289
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'54.228 0.297 0.008
14 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'54.261 0.330 0.033
15 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'54.402 0.471 0.141
16 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'54.481 0.550 0.079
17 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'54.528 0.597 0.047
18 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'54.555 0.624 0.027
19 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'54.632 0.701 0.077
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'54.731 0.800 0.099
21 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'54.881 0.950 0.150
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'55.823 1.892 0.942
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha MotoGP FP4 Result: Zarco Takes Control

Despite the still significant amount of dust and sand making it look like rain when riders got off the racing line, the premier class made good use of their final practice session. Amongst the standout performances of the evening was FP4 leader Johann Zarco, the Frenchman taking control of the timesheets early on and following it up with an impressive series of mid to high 1:54s. Equally impressive was QatarGP victor Maverick Vinales, who finished the session second and with impressive pace of his own, while Joan Mir quickly joined to top three and 1:54 club once he swapped to the soft rear tyre after a short stint on the medium. Fabio Quartararo in fourth was another of the excellently consistent performers in FP4 and three tenths off top spot.

Franco Morbidelli was best of the rest in fourth and the only other rider to post a time in the 1:54s, while Alex Rins made some late progress into the top five. Aleix Espargaro continues his fine run inside the top ten with seventh position, ahead of top rookie Jorge Martin. Pecco Bagnaia could not quite replicate last week’s performance but kept close in ninth, while Stefan Bradl held onto the top ten despite a late and fairly unsual crash for the Honda rider. Jack Miller did not have much to prove after topping practice on Friday evening but ended the session down in 18th spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'54.543    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'54.698 0.155 0.155
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.828 0.285 0.130
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'54.855 0.312 0.027
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'54.995 0.452 0.140
6 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'55.152 0.609 0.157
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.203 0.660 0.051
8 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'55.217 0.674 0.014
9 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'55.253 0.710 0.036
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'55.344 0.801 0.091
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.348 0.805 0.004
12 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'55.385 0.842 0.037
13 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'55.419 0.876 0.034
14 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.495 0.952 0.076
15 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.520 0.977 0.025
16 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'55.656 1.113 0.136
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.696 1.153 0.040
18 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.747 1.204 0.051
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'55.755 1.212 0.008
20 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.917 1.374 0.162
21 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.988 1.445 0.071
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'56.421 1.878 0.433
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha Moto2 Qualifying Result: Double Delight

The intermediate class took their turn to brave the wind and dust of Losail in search of the second pole position reward of the season but Sam Lowes got greedy and can now wear one Tissot watch on each wrist after scoring back to back pole positions in Qatar. Remy Gardner was a strong contender but the Australian could have used a tow to be able challenge for pole, so he had to settle for second on the grid. Marco Bezzecchi completes a front row of title hopefuls, one tenth of a second slower than the leader.

Raul Fernandez keeps forgetting that he’s a rookie and climbs onto the second row of the grid, just a tenth off front row, while Jake Dixon fought through Q1 to equal his best qualifying position in fifth. Ai Ogura added another impressive rookie to the second row of the grid, the Japanese rider six tenths off pole. Fabio Di Giannantonio will be hoping for another podium from seventh on the grid, being joined by Joe Roberts and Aron Canet on row three.

Augusto Fernandez rounded out the top ten and opens fourth row ahead of Stefano Manzi and the surprise of Q1, Albert Arenas, who demoted Xavi Vierge from Q2 positions. Jorge Navarro led the way in the first qualifying session but could not replicate that speed the second time around and the Spaniard will have a lot of work to do from 17th on the grid.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'59.055    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'59.192 0.137 0.137
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'59.327 0.272 0.135
4 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'59.441 0.386 0.114
5 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'59.443 0.388 0.002
6 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'59.692 0.637 0.249
7 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'59.696 0.641 0.004
8 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'59.727 0.672 0.031
9 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'59.785 0.730 0.058
10 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'59.809 0.754 0.024
11 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'59.870 0.815 0.061
12 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'59.885 0.830 0.015
13 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 2'00.012 0.957 0.127
14 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'00.040 0.985 0.028
15 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'00.077 1.022 0.037
16 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2'00.108 1.053 0.031
17 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'00.142 1.087 0.034
18 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'00.532 1.477 0.390
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'59.592    
Q2 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'59.827 0.235 0.235
Q2 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'59.913 0.321 0.086
Q2 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'59.987 0.395 0.074
19 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 2'00.091 0.499 0.104
20 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'00.092 0.500 0.001
21 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'00.131 0.539 0.039
22 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 2'00.232 0.640 0.101
23 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'00.448 0.856 0.216
24 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2'00.581 0.989 0.133
25 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'00.738 1.146 0.157
26 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'00.929 1.337 0.191
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'01.466 1.874 0.537
28 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 2'03.113 3.521 1.647
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha Moto3 Qualifying Result: A Tale Of Two Poles

The wind that so strongly affected the final practice sessions calmed down just a little bit by the time qualifying came around and allowed the dust to settle – but not for long, as the Moto3 typhoon hit next. In the end, it was hardly a surprise seeing championship leader Jaume Masia grab a Tissot watch for the third time in his career after securing pole position by a tenth of a second. His closest rival was compatriot Sergio Garcia, who will need to follow it up with another strong performance on Sunday, as the Spaniard takes “pole” in pitlane after being penalised with a pitlane start for irresponsible riding in FP2. That promotes teammates Jeremy Alcoba and Gabriel Rodrigo to the front row of the grid.

Tatsuki Suzuki left it until the very last minute to post a time in Q2 but it worked out for him and the SIC58 rider qualified fifth, opening the second row of the grid due to the penalty ahead. Andrea Migno was on a roll in Q2 after topping Q1 and led the way early on, before getting demoted to a still decent sixth place. Last week’s poleman Darryn Binder found himself at the helm of a big group and had to do it all on his own but he was still fast enough to close the second row of the grid.

John McPhee was three thousandths of a second slower than his teammate and will open the third row of the grid ahead of what was supposed to be Pedro Acosta, but the rookie also got a slap on the wrist all the way to pitlane, promoting fellow rookie Izan Guevara and Jason Dupasquier to row three. Joining Garcia and Acosta in the pitlane will be Romano Fenati, Stefano Nepa, Dennis Foggia, Riccardo Rossi and Deniz Oncu, while rookie Xavier Artigas qualified 16th, is due to start 12th and has a double long lap penalty to serve in tomorrow’s race following the incident in last Sunday.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'05.913    
2 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 2'06.012 0.099 0.099
3 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'06.158 0.245 0.146
4 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'06.346 0.433 0.188
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'06.407 0.494 0.061
6 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'06.619 0.706 0.212
7 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'06.643 0.730 0.024
8 17 John McPhee Honda 2'06.646 0.733 0.003
9 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'06.829 0.916 0.183
10 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'06.833 0.920 0.004
11 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'06.967 1.054 0.134
12 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'07.025 1.112 0.058
13 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'07.108 1.195 0.083
14 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'07.145 1.232 0.037
15 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'07.197 1.284 0.052
16 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'07.252 1.339 0.055
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'07.429 1.516 0.177
18 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'07.498 1.585 0.069
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'06.925    
Q2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'07.034 0.109 0.109
Q2 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'07.043 0.118 0.009
Q2 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'07.354 0.429 0.311
19 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'07.541 0.616 0.187
20 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'07.661 0.736 0.120
21 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'07.749 0.824 0.088
22 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'07.948 1.023 0.199
23 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'07.994 1.069 0.046
24 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'08.011 1.086 0.017
25 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'08.011 1.086  
26 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'08.233 1.308 0.222
27 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'08.469 1.544 0.236
28 53 Deniz Öncü KTM      
Round Number: 
2
2021
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